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What others say: Discussion of next year's budget should begin now

...budget - drawing on the state's Constitutional Budget Reserve rather than making an arcane shuffle involving the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings reserve - is by far the most sensible option that was available. The scorched-earth approach of transferring...
What others say: Reserve funds transfer would hurt state's future fiscal options

Necessity, according to the old saying, is the mother of invention.
House bill would access CBR by putting Permanent Fund earnings off limits

...2016 fiscal year earnings are at or above the five-year earnings average."The official forecast from (the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.) indicates that the transfer will not affect future dividends," Burnett wrote. "However, as we have...
What others say: Lawmakers must use Permanent Fund earnings to solve budget impasse

...fix the problem in the afternoon. All it needs is a simple majority vote to pay for state operations from the Alaska Permanent Fund's earnings reserve.As the Legislature's regular session wound down, lawmakers came up with a spending plan...
What others say: Governor's conference will begin much-needed revenue discussion

...for a sustainable solution to cover a good deal of the deficit is the Percent of Market Value plan drafted by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in 1999 and selected as the best budget-balancing option by the Conference of Alaskans in 2004...
What others say: Compromise is a worthwhile gamble

...majority could have taken a different approach. It could have compromised and spent from the earnings reserve of the Alaska Permanent Fund. It doesn't need the minority's votes to do that, but the majority feared the backlash. It feared that Alaskans...
Budget woes highlight the need for a long-term plan

...offered, such as a state personal income tax or a percent of market value plan to use some of the earning s from the Alaska Permanent Fund. But there is little political will and, it seems, less public support for considering other options.Why does...
What others say: Focus on cuts has avoided other half of the equation

...four years at best.At that point, the only meaningful account the state will have left will be the cherished Alaska Permanent Fund, the current value of which stands at $54.5 billion. If Alaska's history is any guide, the state needs...
Tuesday deadline to apply for PFD sign up for their share of the state's oil wealth this year. Tuesday is the deadline to apply for the 2015 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. The payout is based on the five-year average of the fund's statutory net income. Last year, the...
What others say: Setting aside donations for nonprofits, children good use of dividend

Time is drawing near to file an application for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend - the deadline to do so is March 31. In addition to being a much-cherished yearly check, the dividend is a reminder...


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